Into the Third Dimension: The In's and Out's of Sculpture

37 TUTOR: Richard Janes (BA Hons)

Creating Sculpture is about working with different materials, but also how they exist in different spaces. In this course we will be exploring different materials both inside and outside the Studio. This is an all-day introductory course which will investigate using metal, wood, plaster and found objects to make sculptures and structures. Working with found objects to create environmental artworks out in the grounds of the college, and bring these into the studio to inspire mixed material Sculptures. Each day we will explore a different skill and how to realise a new sculpture in a new material. This will be a practical course which will also look at the rich history of sculpture. Suitable clothing for messy creating should be worn.

2 Full Day
Full day course

Course Notes

This is a practical course with each day covering different techniques and skills in sculpting. During the sessions, each student will work on a piece of sculpture and will learn the skills to develop this artwork. The emphasis will be put strongly on practical work we will be using examples to work from, but students will be able to create their own work.

Each day will start with a short lecture looking at examples from the great artists that sculpted in the particular materials and techniques to be used during the day. This will be followed by a short practical tutorial looking at particular techniques used in sculpting reinforced with examples and demonstrations. These will be followed in a step-by-step method to learn the basic skills needed. There will then be a practical session where these techniques are applied. Towards the end of the session there will be a group critique of the artworks, looking at what has been achieved during the class, this will be finished with a look at what the next day holds. The outdoor aspect of the course will be weather dependant and will fit in around this.

During the practical sessions, there will be one to one practical tutorials with each member of the group looking in particular at how to realise their work. This will involve the aesthetic qualities of their creation as well as practical tips and knowledge.

While all tools, safety equipment and materials are provided it is recommended that participants wear older clothes and an apron. Eye protection will be provided but if participants have their own (prescription) glasses these should provide ample protection.


Introduction to tutor and to sculpture with a short lecture on the amazing history of sculpture.

Start practical work, work with a variety of materials including aluminium mesh, wire, plaster bandage and clay.


Venturing outside the Studio looking for Natural Materials to in spire Site Specific Artworks. Inspired by Artists Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy. Bringing in some of these materials to work with indoors.


Working on creating an armature and form using either natural materials or Wire wood and mesh and then learning how to mix and apply Plaster to realise the sculpture. Using the sculptures of Sally Mathews and as a guide.



Developing from Day 3 we will look at ways of working with plaster slumping, flicking and carving Plaster using rasps and chisels to give an active surface. The sculpture of Elizabeth Frink will provide inspiration to add to your own creativity.



Finishing your sculptures and looking at surface treatments polishing and finishes. Exhibition and critique of works.


Course Tutor

Richard Janes

BA Hons

About Richard


Richard Janes BA (Hons) is an award-winning artist with over 25 year's experience designing and making sculptures. His sculptural Public Artworks can be seen across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and in private collections. He has been commissioned by The National Trust, has exhibited at Tate England and teaches at Nottingham Trent University.



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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM